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Surface Topography: Metrology and Properties

About Surface Topography: Metrology and Properties


Surface Topography: Metrology and Properties (STMP) publishes the latest physics, chemistry, life science, materials science and engineering research on applied, functional surfaces. STMP also publishes cross-disciplinary work on surface and interface engineering, helping researchers to share common themes on surface properties across an array of different applications. The journal looks at surfaces from the fundamental, applied and natural sciences, at any and all length scales.

STMP covers the modelling, design and characterisation of modified surfaces, as well as the structure–function relationship between the surface properties and their application. It aims to present the measurement of topography of surfaces and interfaces, and to highlight the connection between this and their resultant properties. Broadly, it includes:

  • Multiscale metrology of surfaces and interfaces
  • Static properties of surfaces and interfaces
  • Dynamic properties of surfaces and interfaces
  • Non-physical properties of surfaces and interfaces

Emerging research areas have at their core the need for sound correlations between surface morphology and performance, thus STMP covers this gap. We require in submissions for STMP the use of thorough surface characterization and state-of-the art surface metrology.

Why should you publish in Surface Topography: Metrology and Properties?

  • High standards
  • Fast publication: we are committed to providing you with a quick, professional service to ensure rapid first decision, acceptance and publication. Once accepted, your article will be accessible to readers within 24 hours and will include a citable DOI.
  • Open access
  • Transfer opportunities: as well as accepting direct submissions, the journal also offers you a quick and easy solution to transfer your manuscript from another IOP Publishing journal if it does not fit that journal’s scope or significance criteria. Articles are transferred along with peer review reports to save time and avoid duplication of work for reviewers.
  • International Editorial Board
  • Society owned: IOP Publishing is a leading society publisher of advanced physics research.
  • Any profits generated by IOP Publishing are invested in the Institute of Physics, helping to support research, education and outreach around the world.

Article types

  • Papers: reports of original research work.
  • Topical Reviews: these are intended to summarize accepted practice and report on recent progress in selected areas.
  • Focus issue articles: articles which will form a special collection of papers on a specific theme, often invited by the issue’s Guest Editor(s).
  • Special Issue Articles: invited articles, which will form a special collection of papers on a specific theme. When asked to select ‘Article Type’ on the submission system, please select ‘Special Issue Article’. Then select the special issue you’re submitting to in the drop down box that appears.

Peer review

The following summary describes the peer review process for Surface Topography: Metrology and Properties, using the ANSI/NISO Standard Terminology for Peer Review:

  • Identity transparency: single-anonymous, double-anonymous (author choice)
  • Reviewer interacts with: Editor

Our Publishing Support website provides more information on our reviewing process as well as checklists in both English and Chinese language to help authors prepare their manuscripts for submission.

If an article is not accepted for publication, we may offer the author the opportunity to transfer their submission to other suitable journals we publish.

Inclusivity and diversity

IOP Publishing recognises that there are inequalities within the scientific publishing and research ecosystems. We are committed to a progressive approach to inclusivity and diversity, and are working hard to eliminate discrimination to foster an equitable and welcoming publishing environment for all.

IOP Publishing follows Guidelines on Inclusive Language and Images in Scholarly Communication to ensure that journal articles use bias-free and culturally sensitive communication. We ask authors to please follow these guidelines in their manuscript submissions.

More information about our work on inclusivity is available on our Open Physics hub.


Surface Topography: Metrology and Properties maintains the highest standards of publication and research ethics and is a member of the Committee for Publication Ethics (COPE). Authors are expected to comply with IOP Publishing’s Ethical Policy.

Research data

Surface Topography: Metrology and Properties has adopted IOP Publishing’s research data policy. Please check that your article complies with the policy before submission.

Please note that this policy requires authors to include a data availability statement in their article.

For any questions about the policy please contact the journal.

Many research funders now require authors to make all data related to their research available in an online repository. Please refer to the policy for further information about research data, data repositories and data citation.

Open access

Surface Topography: Metrology and Properties is a hybrid open access journal. Authors have the option to pay an article publication charge (APC) to publish their article on a gold open access basis under a Creative Commons Attribution (CC BY) licence. Articles published on a gold open access basis are freely available to everyone to read and reuse immediately upon publication, provided the terms of the licence are followed and clear attribution to the author is given.

Alternatively authors who do not select the gold open access option can choose a green open access route to publication.

For more information on IOP Publishing’s open access policies please see our Open access page. For our author rights policies please see our Author rights page.

Publication charges

Publication on a subscription-access basis is free of charge.

Authors have the option to pay the following article publication charge (APC) to publish their article on an open access basis under a Creative Commons Attribution (CC BY) licence.

Article publication charge* £2295 €2635 $3165
Reduced article publication charge* for Group B countries** £500 €575 $675
Reduced article publication charge for Group A countries** £0 €0 $0

*excluding VAT where applicable

**eligibility criteria can be found here

APCs only apply to articles accepted for publication; there are no submission charges.

There are no other charges for publishing in Surface Topography: Metrology and Properties.

Transformative Agreements

Surface Topography: Metrology and Properties is included in our transformative agreements which allow authors from some institutions to publish open access without paying an APC.

Find out if you’re covered by an agreement

If you are covered by an agreement, use our author guide to help you submit your paper.

Countries where we have transformative agreements include:
Austria, Canada, Croatia, Finland, Hungary, Ireland, Israel, Germany, Poland, The Netherlands, United Kingdom, Saudi Arabia, Slovenia, Sweden and Switzerland.

Paying for open access

Various discounts, waivers and funding arrangements are available to support our authors. Visit our Paying for open access page for further details.


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